Who's running in the 2015 N.W.T. election?

Nominations have officially closed for candidates in the Nov. 23 Northwest Territories election, with 60 people having filed to run for the 19 seats in the legislature.

60 candidates running for 19 seats Nov. 23

A view of the N.W.T. legislative assembly chamber. Nominations for the N.W.T.’s Nov. 23 territorial election closed today at 2 p.m. (Chantal Dubuc/CBC)

Nominations have officially closed for candidates in the Nov. 23 Northwest Territories election, with 60 people having filed to run for the 19 seats in the legislature. 

This year's slate will boast 13 more candidates than the 47 people who ran for territorial office in 2011, and three more female candidates than the last election. 

Two people have announced they'll run against Premier Bob McLeod in the Yellowknife South district. In 2011, McLeod ran unopposed, was acclaimed and later chosen by MLAs (in a traditionally hush-hush process) as premier. 

Michael Nadli's candidacy a nail-biter 

Elections NWT has confirmed that incumbent Education minister Jackson Lafferty has been acclaimed in the Monfwi electoral district, which comprises communities in the Tlicho region.

The candidacy of incumbent Deh Cho MLA Michael Nadli — who is at the centre of a debate about whether he should seek office again in the wake of his being released early from jail while serving a sentence for assault — was confirmed by Elections NWT mere minutes before the 2 p.m. deadline.

All but three MLAs from the last assembly (Wendy Bisaro, Bob Bromley and Norman Yakeleya) are seeking re-election. Sahtu MLA Yakeleya dropped out of the race last week for health reasons.

Here's the constituency-by-constituency breakdown of who's running. 

Deh Cho

  • Ronald Bonnetrouge (N.W.T. government public works officer)
  • Michael Nadli (incumbent MLA) 
  • Gregory Nyuli (Zhahti Koe Friendship Centre executive director) 
  • Lyle Fabian (Deh Cho Regional Corporation chair) 

Frame Lake (Yellowknife) 

  • Roy Erasmus (consultant; former chief of Yellowknives Dene First Nation)
  • Jan Fullerton (Skills Canada NWT executive director)
  • David Wasylciw (consultant; creator of
  • Kevin O'Reilly (Independent Environmental Monitoring Agency executive director)   

Great Slave (Yellowknife)

  • Glen Abernethy (incumbent minister)
  • Chris Clarke (N.W.T. government facility planning consultant) 

Hay River North

  • Robert Bouchard (incumbent MLA) 
  • Karen Felker (former chief of the West Point First Nation in Hay River) 
  • Rocky (R.J.) Simpson (Concept Energy Services Ltd. general manager)

Hay River South

  • Jane Groenewegen (incumbent MLA)
  • Wally Schumann (business person; past president of Hay River Métis Council)
  • Brian Willows (former N.W.T. Power Corporation chief operating officer)

Inuvik Boot Lake

  • Alfred Moses (incumbent MLA)
  • Dez Loreen (Environmental Impact Review Board communications officer)

Inuvik Twin Lakes

  • Robert C. McLeod (incumbent minister) 
  • Jimmy Kalinek 

Kam Lake

Mackenzie Delta

  • Frederick Blake, Jr. (incumbent MLA) 
  • Norman Snowshoe (Gwich'in Tribal Council vice-president) 
  • William Firth (Gwich'in Social and Cultural Institute manager)
  • David Krutko (former MLA) 


Jackson Lafferty (incumbent minister) - acclaimed


  • Kevin Menicoche (incumbent MLA) 
  • Dëneze Nakehk'o (former CKLB and CBC North broadcaster)
  • Randall Sibbeston (artist)
  • Dennis Nelner (N.W.T. government finance clerk) 
  • Shane Thompson (N.W.T. government recreation co-ordinator)
  • Rosemary Gill (Aurora College regional program head) 
  • Arnold Hope 


  • Jackie Jacobson (Speaker)
  • Herb Nakimayak (Inuit Circumpolar Council of Canada executive council member) 
  • Robert Kuptana (bed and breakfast owner in Ulukhaktok)
  • Ethel-Jean Gruben (N.W.T. government income security regional manager)
  • John Stuart Jr. (Tuktoyaktuk student and family support worker) 

Range Lake (Yellowknife)

  • Daryl Dolynny (incumbent MLA)
  • Caroline Cochrane-Johnson (CEO of Centre for Northern Families)   


  • Paul Andrew (former CBC journalist) 
  • Yvonne Doolittle (GNWT employee, department of Municipal and Community Affairs)
  • Danny McNeely (consultant, former construction contractor)
  • Judi Tutcho (former N.W.T. languages commissioner) 


  • J. Michael Miltenberger (incumbent minister)
  • Louis Sebert (lawyer)
  • Don Jaque (Northern Journal publisher) 

Tu Nehd'e-Wiilideh

  • Richard Edjericon (consultant; former chair of Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board)
  • Tom Beaulieu (incumbent minister)

Yellowknife Centre

  • Robert Hawkins (incumbent MLA)
  • Julie Green (consultant and former CBC broadcaster) 

Yellowknife North

  • Dan Wong (Yellowknife city councillor)
  • Cory Vanthuyne (Yellowknife city councillor) 
  • Edwin Castillo (N.W.T. government financial planning manager) 
  • Ben Nind (former constituency assistant to Dennis Bevington) 
  • Sean Erasmus 

Yellowknife South

  • Bob McLeod (incumbent premier)
  • Nigit'stil Norbert (photographer)
  • Samuel Roland (security and investigations professional) 


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